ASHBURN -- The Washington Redskins are five days away from the season opener, but they may not have their best 46 players active due to injury.
Rookie receiver Josh Doctson sat out most of Wednesday's practice for precautionary reasons two days after joining the team on the field for the first time since May. Defensive lineman Kendall Reyes (groin) did not participate.
Running back Matt Jones took a positive step toward facing Pittsburgh. On Monday,the running back wore a non-contact jersey at practice. On Wednesday, he was full go. After practice he told Breaking Burgundy the shoulder felt good after going through practice in pads.
“Good," coach Jay Gruden said. "He looked good."
As for Doctson, Gruden said, "We’re still taking Josh slowly. He did some individuals work and some other stuff so we’ll have to wait and see."
The TCU product is forced to see how his body responds the day after pushing himself as he continues to recover from a three-plus month Achilles injury.
"No, it’s day-to-day as far as how he feeling and that stuff," Gruden said when asked of a possible setback. "It’s a unique deal and we’re still trying to figure out the best way to approach it."
It's unlikely Doctson plays after missing so much time. Meanwhile, Reyes' status is now uncertain after sitting out the last two practice sessions open to the media.
"He’s working off the field right now and we’ll look at him again tomorrow," Gruden said. "He’s got an extra day, which helps us, especially with him."
With the game Monday, the Redskins likely have until Saturday before having to make some final decisions.
Neil Dalal contributed to this article. Follow Neil on Twitter @NeilDalal96.
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